Adoption of amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine, envisaged by the draft law No. 8336, eliminates disadvantages of the so-called "Lozovyi's amendments" regarding the appointment of expert assessments in virtually all proceedings, except those investigated by the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). In addition, the proposed initiatives can threaten the independence of the NABU and complicate the investigation of top-corruption crimes.
On October 5, 2018, the indictment as of 8 persons (including Odesa City Mayor) was sent to Malynovsky District Court of Odesa. These persons are accused of embezzlement of 185 million UAH from Odesa Сity budget during purchasing of the buildings of the Open Joint Stock Company (OJSC) «Holding Company «Krayan».
The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) continue to expose corruption schemes without regard to their positions and political expediency, despite increasing attempts to influence the activities of the institution. This was emphasized by the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk on October 3, 2018, at the meeting of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Corruption Prevention and Counteraction.
The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) requested for international legal assistance more than 400 times. The received answers allowed revealing the final beneficiaries of companies involved in the Ukrainian corruption and tracking the flow of funds abroad. Support from foreign colleagues helps the NABU to eliminate corruption schemes. The Director of the Lviv Territorial Office of the NABU Taras Lopushanskiy emphasized this during the training for the NABU staff on September 24-27, 2018, in the Republic of Poland. The event was held with the support of the Anti-Corruption Network Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to exchange information for the prevention, detection and fight against corruption. The relevant document was signed by the NABU Deputy Director Anatoly Novak and the EIB Inspector General Jan Willem van der Kaaij in Luxembourg on September 27, 2018.
In response to requests of the mass media, we explain the position of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) on issue regarding preparing a notice of suspicion of the allegedly illegal enrichment to the First Deputy Head – Chief of the Main Department on Fight against Corruption and Organized Crime of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU).
On September 13, 2018, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) gave notice of suspicion to the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine of committing crimes under Part 3 Article 368-2 and Article 366-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
As of 31.08.2018, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) investigate 644 criminal proceedings. 161 persons were given notices of suspicion of committing criminal corruption offences.
The two key challenges in the process of selection of the judges of the High Anti-Corruption Court (hereinafter - the HAC) are to ensure participation in the competitive selection of the maximum number of transparent and principled professionals and to create conditions under which they will be able to make legal decisions without interference with their activity. This was emphasized by the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk at the expert discussion "Competition to the High Anti-Corruption Court. Quo vadis? ", which took place on September 5, 2018, in Kyiv.
About 30 persons, as the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) established, involved in the organization of corruption schemes, are currently hiding abroad. Almost 50% of them, according to the investigation, are hiding at the territory of the Russian Federation. This data was published at the Report on the NABU results during the first half of 2018.